Adults: On-Site

Volunteering on-site at The Anti-Cruelty Society means more than just spending time with cats and dogs; it’s about preparing animals for their forever families, facilitating the creation of life-long bonds, and networking with other animal-loving people along the way.

Whether you choose to help at our main adoption center at 510 N. LaSalle Drive, or you want to connect at our satellite facility at 1101 S. Canal Street, there are many ways you can help us in our mission to assist Chicago’s animals that are most in need.

Before jumping in to explore our volunteer programs, review our Frequently Asked Questions here.

Drop-In Program: Reading Buddies

The Anti-Cruelty Society’s new Reading Buddies program invites animal lovers to put their compassion to action. Visitors of all ages are encouraged to sit with one of our designated Reading Buddy pets and read to them from their favorite book. Take part in this drop-in volunteer project and you’ll be keeping adoptable pets company while helping them to relax in this busy environment. Supporters looking to complete community service hours are encouraged to participate. Learn more here.

Hands-On Programs: Level 1

If you are over 18 years of age and are available to volunteer for 5 hours each month for a full year, consider joining one of our entry-level volunteer programs! View a full list of volunteer opportunities within the shelter here.

Before submitting an application to join our volunteer team, please be sure to review our Volunteer Requirements page. Once you’re ready to apply, visit the Join Our Team page here to access our full volunteer application and to review the training curriculum.

Advanced Volunteer Programs

For details on advanced volunteer programs for volunteers looking to help in our advanced programs, including the clinic, rehabilitation suites, or Level II and III opportunities, click here.

Volunteer Resources

If you’re a current volunteer looking for your volunteer manuals, training videos, access to your volunteer profile, and more, click here.


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